I am pleased to share exciting updates from the College that
build upon goals I outlined in this space a year ago.
The College rolled out our Degree in 3 program in
September, offering students a three-year path to a bachelor
of arts degree in all of our academic units. For students who
want a robust, expedited undergraduate experience and
significant cost savings, Degree in 3 is a compelling option.
Our Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program
launched this fall with students from a variety of colleges
across campus enrolled in our first introductory
Transformative Texts classes. Cornerstone positions
the College to better define our role in the education of
all Purdue students.
With our commitment to helping our students make
connections to launch their careers, we opened our
Career Center in February. Partnerships and developing
corporate relationships already are creating connections
that have led to internships and jobs for our students in the
for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Faculty in the College continue to advance important
research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
I am proud to see their work recognized by top agencies
and funders, such as the National Science Foundation and
the Gates Foundation, that enable them to expand research
that addresses important challenges. Also noteworthy is the
In the coming year, we will do the following:
Scale up Cornerstone to offer more Purdue students the
opportunity to choose a first-year experience that includes
classes with some of our best faculty.
Continue to grow our recruitment of incoming
students, which saw an increase of 11 percent this fall.
Build awareness of the excellent work of our faculty
and encourage their efforts to secure external support for
their research programs.
This fall, the College has benefited from noteworthy and
very public support for our initiatives from the central
administration of the University. Together, I am confident
that we can continue to elevate the reputation of the liberal
arts at Purdue.
Thank you for your support of these efforts.
DAVID A. REINGOLD
Justin S. Morrill Dean
Photo by Mark Simons.